No. 1 Fire Station: Fesa Museum And Education Centre

Perth, Western Australia, 2004-2008

No.1 Fire Station, constructed in 1900, was the first purpose-built fire station in Western Australia and remained in use for almost eight decades before being handed over to the Fire Brigade Historical Society for use as a museum.

Guided by the conservation plan, prepared by Palassis Architects, and principles of the Burra Charter, the conservation program comprised removal of intrusive internal elements, restoration of internal and external fabric and introduction of new amenities, designed to have minimal impact on significant fabric.The building is intended to provide highly effective display, archive facility and work areas for the Museum and Education Centre. Palassis Architects worked closely during conceptual stages with Hassell and Exhibit Services, who designed and constructed the museum displays.

The discrete yet dynamic extension of the stand-alone stairwell and service core acts as a striking red beacon to the museum while the separation of services and circulation space means that original spaces can be appreciated, maximising visitor experience of the building as well as its role as a museum and education centre.

Program
  • Internal and external conservation works
  • New works
Client

Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA)

Status
  • Complete
Roles
  • Preparation of conservation plan
  • Design, documentation and administration of conservation works
  • Design, documentation and administration of new works
Awards
  • 2009 Australian Institute of Architects (WA Chapter) Western Australia Architecture Awards – Commendation